May 24th, 2006

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Tendulkar loses fitness race for WI Test rubber

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Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar will miss next month’s Test series in the West Indies, as he has not fully recovered from shoulder surgery.

The 33-year-old Tendulkar, India’s most capped Test player, was to undergo a fitness test on Tuesday to determine his availability for the four-test series beginning on June 2.

But he did not bat at the net session, which was being watched by chairman of selectors Kiran More, former India physiotherapist Andrew Leipus and the board officials.

“As far as the board is concerned, Sachin is not going to the West Indies as we feel he is not 100 percent fit,” Secretary BCCI Niranjan Shah told reporters on Tuesday.

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Malinga writes off Edgbaston Test chances

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Plenty of other people may be talking up Lasith Malinga’s chances of playing in the second Test against England here at Edgbaston but the man with the distinctive slingshot action believes he has no chance of being included.

Sri Lanka’s attack managed just six wickets in the first Test at Lord’s — and five of those were shared between key off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and experienced left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas — as England piled up 551 for six declared in the drawn series opener.

That led to suggestions that the 22-year-old Malinga, who has taken 54 wickets in 15 Tests at a respectable 29.48, might be called up at Edgbaston.

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Inzamam wants practice matches to test Shoaib Akhtar

ShoaibPakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on Tuesday recommended a few practice matches during the preparatory camp for this summer’s tour of England saying that such outings would help in the comeback of star fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and prove his fitness.

Inzamam believed Shoaib was still just 70-80 percent fit and a few practice games during the national training camp could prove beneficial for the pacer whom he rates as Pakistan’s trump card for the series against England.

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Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe confirmed

Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe will take place in late July after Zimbabwe Cricket finally confirmed dates with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). The five-ODI series will start with a match at Bulawayo on July 29 and conclude eight days later here at Harare.

Confirmation of the series had been delayed after the Zimbabwe board had asked for the matches to take place in September, but the BCB was adamant that the original timeline as specified by the ICC in its Future Tours Program should be adhered to.

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Crash course in Jamaica for 2007 World Cup

As preparations for next year’s Cricket World Cup go in full swing, the organisers in the West Indies have arranged a crash course for the islanders on how to cash in on cricketing extravaganza.

A large number of residents in Kingston and St Andrew attended the course at Jamaica Conference Centre where they were told how to make the best use of the showpiece event.

Jamaica was named host of the opening ceremony, four warm-up matches, seven first-round games and a semifinal.

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